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Nadine Epstein is the editor-in-chief and CEO of Moment Magazine and founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change. She is also founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in Moment, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Ms. and other publications. She covered politics and news in the Chicago bureau of The New York Times and at The City News Bureau of Chicago, then covered the U.S.-Mexico border while based in Arizona. She also covered rural America for seven years. She is a recipient of a prestigious 1990 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan as well as many grants including the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. She taught in the Master’s Program in Journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award. She is also an artist: Her solo photography exhibition, Insides A woman’s Shadow, is currently at the Jules Backman Gallery at the Hebrew Union College Museum in New York. She lives in Washington D.C.

 


 

Edna was born in Haifa, Israel and spent her childhood and most of her adulthood in that beautiful city. After finishing Reali High school, she, as most Israeli’s, enlisted in the IDF and served two years in the Navy. After her military service, she was accepted to the Medical School at The Technion Institute of Technology. She then, started her Residency at Bnai Zion Medical Center specializing in Anesthesia. She continued her profession as a Medical Doctor at Bnai Zion in the Anesthesia Department, as well as being the Chief of The Pain Management Clinic. She worked in Bnai Zion for 15 years until she met her future husband David. In 2001, Edna was married with David in Haifa. A year later she saw herself moving to the Five Towns Community in New York. Edna is now currently working as an Internal Medicine Physician for the City of New York. When not working, Edna and her husband are raising their teenage daughter Lior. As always, Edna keeps very close family connections with her extended family in Haifa, which includes her mother, Helga and brother, Eyal and his family. Edna’s oldest daughter, Noa, and her son-in-law, Gili along with their two lovely daughters, Alona and Daniela have very strong family ties and currently live in the Tel Aviv area. Edna is connected to Bnai Zion Foundation through her husband, David and his parents Gizella and Arie Edrich, of blessed memory, who were great supporters of Bnai Zion Medical Center for many years. This is a remarkable coincidence in itself, that Edna and David’s family shared the Bnai Zion link for many years.


 

Galit Peleg was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. She attended Leo Baeck High School, majoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. She served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, after completing her military service, studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she graduated from two departments: Islam & Middle East Studies and International Relations.  During her studies Galit worked with teenagers through several projects, institutions and boarding schools in Haifa and Jerusalem.

In 1998 she joined the Israeli Foreign Service as a cadet. In 1999-2000 she served as Deputy Ambassador to Morocco.  From 2000-2005 she was served as Deputy Ambassador to Serbia, where she focused on reestablishing the mutual relations between Israel and Serbia during the dismantling process of Yugoslavia.

 

In 2007-2011, Galit was the head of the liaison office to the European Parliament at the Israeli Mission to the European Union in Brussels. After returning to Jerusalem, she lead special projects in the field of “branding Israel’ and worked with leading PR firms in Europe, through her position at the Media and Public Affairs Division at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. She initiated a campaign called “Start Tel Aviv” to promote Israel as a Start Up Nation, in cooperation with the city of Tel Aviv.  This program, which brings non-Jewish entrepreneurs to Israel and turns them into “Ambassadors for Israel,” continues today in more than 50 countries around the world.

Galit currently serves as Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, covering NY, NJ, PA, OH, and DE.  She is fluent in Hebrew, English, French, and conversant in Arabic and Serbian.